25 May 2016, Male'; Minister of Foreign Affairs Her Excellency Ms Dunya Maumoon has said that both the Government of Maldives and the European Union have “a shared interest in consolidating democracy in the Maldives. A stable, democratic, and prosperous Maldives is first of all, good for the Maldives. And secondly it is instrumental for the peace and stability in the Indian Ocean. President Yameen’s Government therefore seeks to further strengthen the existing partnership in trade, investment, and in the democratisation programme in the Maldives”. Minister Dunya said this at the Second Maldives-EU Policy Dialogue held in Malé today.
Speaking at the Policy Dialogue Minister Dunya noted the valuable contributions that the EU and its member countries have made in the development of the tourism sector in the Maldives and in strengthening the democratic institutions of the State. Minister Dunya further added that the Maldives wishes to increase its exports to EU, increase the number of European tourists visiting the Maldives and stated that the Government would like to see the EU becoming the most active partner working with the Government on democracy consolidation in the Maldives.
The Second Policy Dialogue between the Government of Maldives and Ambassadors and High Commissioners of EU member countries accredited to the Maldives was held this morning at Hotel Jen. Ambassadors and High Commissioners from 12 EU member countries based in both New Delhi and Colombo attended the dialogue. His Excellency Mr. Moosa Zameer, Minister of Tourism, Her Excellency Uza. Aishath Azima Shakoor, Minister of Legal Affairs at the President’s Office, His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Foreign Secretary, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Mohamed, High Commissioner of Maldives to India, Her Excellency Ms. Zahiya Zareer, High Commissioner of Maldives to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr Ahmed Shiaan, Maldives Ambassador the EU, Brigadier General Ahmed Shahid, Vice Chief of Defence Force, Her Excellency Ms. Fathmath Inaya, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Government agencies participated from the Governments side.
The Maldives-EU Policy dialogue was first held in April 2015.